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Homemade Bacon Jam

Recently, Food Network's Eat St. program showcased the famous Seattle WA Skillet Street Food's gourmet burger and homemade bacon jam. Yes. You read it correct, homemade bacon jam! I thought the bacon jam was just going to be a fat, greasy spread! Anyway, I looked it up on the internet and found two interesting recipes. The first one is from Not Quite Nigella, and the other is from Homesick Texan. I opted to try the latter recipe because it had one of my favorite ingredients, Chipotle pepper. Using some applewood smoked bacon, I tried out the recipe and it turned out way beyond my expectations! This smoky Homemade Bacon Jam was fantastic. Just the right spiciness, a little sweet and tangy, and each bite's loaded with bits of bacon treat! Try it, I bet you will like it too!

Homemade Bacon Jam


500g Applewood Smoked Bacon (thick-cut), sliced into quarters
4 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 Medium Brown Onion, peeled and diced
1 Medium Red Onion, peeled and diced
3-4 Chipotles en Adobo, chopped
2 tsp Adobo Sauce from the can
½ tsp Smoked Paprika
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
1 Cup Brewed Coffee
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
Freshly Ground Black Pepper


In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered, but not too crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Pour the rendered bacon fat in a bowl for another use.

Meanwhile, heat the saucepan over medium heat with one tablespoon of the reserved rendered bacon fat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the mixture is sticky and slightly caramelized. Then, add the Chipotle, cooked bacon, smoked paprika, brown sugar, and give a good stir. Mix in the coffee, vinegar, maple syrup, and some freshly ground black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about two hours, stirring occasionally. If the jam starts to get dry, add a couple of tablespoon of water at a time.

Allow the bacon mixture to cool slightly before you puree it with a handheld blender to the desire consistency, or leaving some small chunks of bacon bits.


  1. OMG, I have been trying to get Skillet Street Foods bacon jam recipe forever. So glad you posted this! Looks absolutely amazing, I will be making it soon! Thanks :-)

  2. OH MYYY! look at that egg sandwich with the bacon jam!!! I want that right now!

  3. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

  4. This is so wonderfully weird! Wonder how it tastes.

  5. Whoa! What an idea. This will make all the bacon lovers happy!

  6. I was literally JUST talking about making bacon jam. Looks delicious. I think I'd put it on everything.

  7. Bacon, coffee and peppers in a jam?
    I really wonder how it taste like.

  8. I saw it on Lorraine's blog too, but yours look very enticing! Just curious though, what can I substitute for adobo sauce? Vinegar and soy sauce?

  9. @Janine: The adobo sauce is the liquid from the can chipotles in adobo.

  10. Bacon jam?!
    Pinch me...I must be dreaming! ;]

  11. I think I just went to heaven! Bacon jam!!!

  12. oh, MY, how absolutely intriguing...!!!

  13. Looks interesting. One item I'd like you to have included at the end was how long you can keep this for. If it's not eaten in one sitting can I refrigerate for how long?

  14. I don't believe this is quite right. Josh uses balsamic vinegar and doesn't have chipotles, etc. in it. However, this sounds good and worth a try!

  15. @Anonymous: We finished the jam in two sittings, but it should last for at least two weeks refrigerated.

    @Anonymous: You can adjust the flavor profile according to your liking.

  16. Hi
    We don't get Adobo in South Africa, can you elaborate what it is or can be substituted with?

  17. I've got all the items in the pot right now. It hasn't started reducing yet but I gave it a taste and it's amazing already. Can't wait til all those flavours intensify!

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  20. Hi, this looks wonderful!!

    I was wondering though, how much does this recipe make? I want to give it as gifts in smaller (like in the picture) mason jars..

  21. @Maria: If I'm not mistaken this recipe yield about one and half cups of bacon jam. I did not measure so, I could be wrong.

  22. I'm not a coffee drinker. Can you recommend a substitute for the coffee, or would it just be ok to omit? Thanks

    1. Sorry, I don't think there's any substitute for coffee. Perhaps just use water?


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